Saturday, April 01, 2006

Back in the saddle

Hi all,

I'm back from my two-week trip to the U.S. and a very successful Novell BrainShare conference. My main role at the conference was to give a demonstration in one of the keynote sessions with one of my teammates - Kevin Smith. The first part of the conference was - for us - in the dark, as we spent most of our time backstage putting together a complex demo system consisting of about ten PCs and three handheld PDAs (Palm, iPaq etc.).

Kevin under stress backstage

Production crew at work

Stage coming together

On the day the demo went very well - we had a couple of hiccups but were able to recover from them - and many people came up to us afterwards to say how much they'd enjoyed it. Giving a live demo onstage in front of 6,000 people is pretty daunting, but when it goes well and people show their appreciation it's all very worthwhile.

If you want to see us in action click here to replay the Wednesday keynote on your PC, and if you want to jump straight to the point where we come on just drag the slider until the timer is exactly one hour in.

We were also interviewed after the demo by Ted Haeger for one of his Novell OpenAudio podcasts.

Ted does a great job of bringing behind-the-scenes Novell news to the outside world with his portable digital recorder. Click to download the Wednesday Backstage podcast (our interview is around seven minutes in).

So what else happened while I was away? Well, I bought a new pair of Rollerblades in Salt Lake City, I was given a Sony PSP (nice!), I spent a day in the UK on the way there and the way back to visit family and the Novell office in Bracknell, and meanwhile Karen was at work in Riyadh and being very mysterious on the phone, talking about "special stuff happening" but refusing to go into detail... Hmmm... wonder what that could all be about?

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